Here are several opportunities and resources for graduate students.
Graduate Student Offices:
There are 4 offices above the Studio of Agriculture Hall available to graduate students in the Department of Landscape Architecture. The offices can reasonably hold two students per office and could hold three students per office, if needed. Priority is given to department TAs when assigning office space with the remaining offices being assigned to department funded graduate students.
All offices come equipped with keys, desk and chair, book shelves, and a computer. Wireless connections are also available.
Department Awards and Honors:
The Department maintains an active annual Awards and Honors Program that includes the following:
- ASLA Awards of Honor and Merit (based on the best Master’s theses completed during the previous year)
- Outstanding Publication Award
- Outstanding Public Service Award
- Outstanding Departmental Service Award
University of Wisconsin:
Student Organizations and Activities
One of the largest campus organizations involving graduate students is the Madison Ecology Group (MEG)–a cross campus, cross-disciplinary group of faculty, students, and staff involved in environmental studies or ecological issues. Every year MEG hosts two symposia to highlight faculty and graduate student research. Within the Landscape Architecture Department is the Wisconsin-American Society of Landscape Architects Student Chapter. The WI-ASLA Student Chapter attends the ASLA conferences, holds professional workshops, brings in guest speakers from design and consulting firms, and organizes many social gatherings to share internship experiences and to meet fellow landscape architecture students.
Beyond the department computer facilities (found here), students can use the New Media Center and Biology New Media Center for almost any media production needs, and the many computer labs found in each of the University libraries.
Land Information & Computer Graphics Facility
Since 1982, LICGF has put the Wisconsin Idea into action: Fostering cooperation between government officials and university scholars to solve current problems and to anticipate future agendas.
A UW research, instruction, and outreach facility for geographic and land information systems (GIS/LIS), LICGF helps develop solutions to technical and institutional problems in managing land information.
The 1,200-acre University of Wisconsin Arboretum provides opportunities for outdoor education and research. Located within three miles of the campus, the Arboretum maintains a small horticultural garden, but its major concern is to provide examples of Wisconsin’s native plant communities, including the well-known Curtis Prairie. Wetlands, conifer, and deciduous forests are also represented. These communities serve as laboratories to teach the identification of native plants, as well as to study natural models of planting design. The Arboretum staff has worked with landscape architecture students in the design and management of several portions of the site.
Wisconsin State Historical Society
The Wisconsin Historical Society has one of the premiere collections in the nation. It covers all topics in North American history, holds official publications of the U.S. and Canadian governments, and has America’s second largest newspaper collection.